Another Tax On Campgrounds?

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Taxing campgrounds is a divisive issue. In July 2009 the New Hampshire legislature extended the meals and rooms tax to campgrounds — but then repealed that tax nine months later. It had been met with too much opposition, and had failed to produce the expected revenue.

But that doesn’t mean campers are in the clear. Yesterday, the Concord Monitor ran a story we highly recommend about seasonal tenants returning to campgrounds to find a new tax — a property tax, this time — awaiting some, but not all, campers. Reporter Tricia Nadolny writes that as tenants returned to Deering’s Oxbrow Campground, which straddles the Hillsborough-Deering town line, “an odd arrival split the campsite in two: those who got property tax bills and those who didn’t.”

This time it’s not the legislature that is responsible for the change, but a Hopkinton tax assessor. As Nadolny reported in an earlier article, the CEO of Cross Country Appraisal Group determined that there was precedent to tax campground trailers as real estate based on a 2002 New Hampshire Supreme Court case between the town of Laconia and two campground owners. Now, the tax is being applied by the Department of Revenue Administration.

According to Deering town administrator Craig Ohlson, the taxes are showing up in some New Hampshire towns but not others because each town is on a different property revaluation schedule. The town of Deering was revaluated in 2010, and the assessment from that revaluation is now going into effect. Other towns like Hillborough, Ohlson said, may not be experiencing these taxes because the town’s property hasn’t been revaluated yet. Ultimately, he expects that all municipalities will be enforcing the new property tax.

If Ohlson is right, it’s only a matter of time before the Hillsborough campers in Nadolny’s story face the same tax, too.

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  • gadsdengurl

    Deering the most corrupt town in NH next to Bedford!

  • FrankHenry

    1. Government (state, county,local) need to move away from “property” taxes. They need to
    take up income tax, sales tax, user fees, gate fees.

    2. Oh, and at the same time Gov (state, county, local) need to cut all spending.

    3. All elected and appointed officials need to cut their pay, benefits, perks by 50% or more
    ( at state, county, local levels).

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JOEBFJ2BSGOLXTIW47LFKXQWVY Heidi

    1. Government (state, county,local) need to move away from “property” taxes. They need to HEY DUMMY!! They need to cut taxes and remove the fat and bureaucracy at all levels of government. We have way too many departments and all they seem to be able to do is figure out new ways to screw us with more taxes. This spend and tax attitude is destroying all of our property values in NH.

    • FrankHenry

      I think we agree…cut spending, downsize gov (state, county,local), downsize all tax and
      revenue schemes (NH has at least 30 or more tax/fees/revenue schemes),…, etc.

      When we retired we moved out of NH because property taxes were over 20% of
      our small retirement income…I agree with you, we got to downsize all gov (fed, state,
      local).

      For instance gov has got to get itself out of the “mandatory” unconstitutional buisness
      of health, education,…, etc.

      Now some of us folks seem to think that SCOTUS is going to save us from the Health
      Care fiasco….but don’t count on the court…there is an 80% chance they will dismiss
      the case for lack of standing or some other mumbo-jumbo reason.

      And yes us old folks may have to accept downsizing of gov via reductions in so-called
      retirement and health care entittlements.

      Thanks and Keep Pushing For Downsizing.

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